Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

One of my goals is to make film more accessible to those who want to shoot on the format. Below are some frequently asked questions that should provide general insight.

I can provide project specific information once hired on.

*Check out my 16mm playlist on YouTube for more helpful information about film

What does it cost to shoot on film?

3 factors determine the total expense: Raw film stock, processing, and scanning.

Each category has options that will affect costs.

On average, a 400ft roll of 16mm color negative film processed and scanned at 4k resolution should cost about $450 in total.

For a more in depth explanation, check out this video I made explaining costs.

how much film do I need?

A 400ft roll of 16mm film equals about 11 minutes of footage. How much film you need depends on the project and shooting ratio. A simple music video with no dialog will shoot at a much lower ratio than that of a narrative piece with multiple characters and speaking scenes.

At minimum, I recommend a shooting ratio of no lower than 3:1. Multiply your script pages by your shooting ratio to get the total runtime which you can use to determine how many rolls of film you need to cover it.

Where Do I Purchase Film?

Kodak is the primary manufacturer of all motion picture film stocks today. They have locations to choose from for pickup, as well as online order forms to have film shipped to you.

Beside Kodak, I purchase film through the non-profit organization, Mono No Aware.

They ship quickly and always have what I need in stock.

What happens after the film is shot?

Film should promptly be sent to a lab for processing after it's been exposed. I can offer lab suggestions based on project specifications like film stock selection and shooting location.

After being developed, the film is ready for scanning. This can usually be done through the lab that processed the film or through a standalone scanning service.

For high quality, affordable scans, I highly recommend The Negative Space.

I predominantly use their services and have never been disappointed.

You can view pricing and more in depth information on scanning as well as lab recommendations on their website.


Once you receive your film scans back (typically on a hard drive), the footage can be easily integrated into a digital workflow, and save for a few minor steps like splitting clips, syncing audio, and utilizing film specific LUTS, it is identical.

Read my blog post to learn more about my digital post workflow for film.

How long does it take to get film back?

Anywhere from 1-3 weeks depending on where film is dropped off/shipped and sent for scanning.

DO you travel?

I am available for travel in the US and have a valid passport for travel abroad.